According to authorities, a 24-year-old recent graduate from Makerere University was discovered dead by hanging in a church in the western Ugandan district of Rwampara on Thursday.
Authorities believe Flavia Nagasha hanged herself and discovered her dead inside Kagarama Daystar Church at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
The February 2023 graduate, according to a local leader in the area who spoke to Monitor on Friday, allegedly hanged herself with a rope that church officials had tied around her before the exorcism.
“The deceased is a resident of my cell but died in Ngarama Cell, Nyabikungu Parish. She had been coming to the church for prayers for about two months,” said Alex Kwoshaba, a leader in the neighboring Butahe Village in Rugando Sub County.
“Nagasha climbed drums to suspend her body on the roof in the middle of the church where her deceased mother usually led her for prayers,” Rwampara OC/CID Clare Arinaitwe said.
She claimed that at around 4 o’clock, a guy trying to get shelter from the rain at the church came across Nagasha’s body.
During the 73rd Commencement Exercises at Makerere University, Nagasha received her degree.
But a friend to Nagasha who preferred anonymity in order to speak freely said: “The deceased even failed to make it to her graduation day due to mental disorders- and often sought exorcism.”
Phionah Nimusiima, a sister to Nagasha said they had sought different born-again churches to save her (Nagasha) life but all in vain.
“Nagasha became sick after examinations at Makerere University. Doctors told us she had a mental problem and she has been on treatment. Two days ago she was fine until yesterday when she was found dead,” her family said.
The family received the body so they could bury it.